Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Heart Felt Tag with Dylusions by Karen Bearse

Hello Karen Bearse here today with a fun, inky heart felt tag. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this is the perfect attachment for your present, or to go on your scrapbook page or in your art journal.  With a few simple techniques you can make your loved ones a tag or make a card.

This bright and cheery tag has a picture of my kids when they were younger. I started this with a few product ideas and went from there.

Dylusions are a bright, highly pigmented acrylic paint with a rich smooth finish. The Mixed Media Tags are the perfect surface to work on. The large tags size #10 are 8.5” tall which allows for lots of fun. I wanted to play with the Southern Ridge Trading Co. stencils, chippies and maybe some sprays.

Start by picking up a pea size amount of paint with a baby wipe, a little goes a long way. Smooth the paint, in this case Bubblegum, over the tag. Excess paint can be wiped on another tag or a wipe off journal.

Choose a second colour and using a cosmetic foam and a small amount of paint (Squeezed Orange) dab through a SRTC stencil (6x6 Rain Drop).

Repeat with a 3rd colour (crushed grape) and a different stencil (6x6 Fish Net). The beauty of this paint is it dries quickly, the colours work well together and each layer is vibrant. I used the heart chippie as a stencil & spritzed with Dylusions sprays in White Linen. This spray colour is unique & has a metal ball in it that needs to be shaken well for best use. Once the white was dry I spritzed again over the heart chippie in Crushed Grape.

I liked the look of the spray so added more using the small 3x3 X stencil. Once this is nice and dry doodling is a great way to go. I achieved this by simply outlining the shapes & adding some marks here & there. I did add more stencil work with Vibrant Turquoise paint & the 3x3 4 leaf clover stencil. I love the pop of this colour and carried it through the rest of the tag.

Time for some chippies!! First up was one of the gear chips which was simply painted with the turquoise paint and distressed with the pink. The heart charm was painted with gesso as a foundation & than painted with the pink. Love how this looks. These were adhered through the tag hole.

Emboss the Tanessha Heart. Use the paint to adhere the emboss powder. I did this in sections, painting each section with different colours as in the photos, than sprinkling some Silvester Kracher on letting some of the paint show through. Black Marble, Bubble Pink & gesso. Trim your photo to fit & adhere underneath the heart. Adhere your favourite word to the heart.

Let’s add flowers. The beauty of making a tag with these techniques is the ability to customize any flowers to match. Simply spritz white flowers with water & dab on same Dylusions Sprays that were used on the background. Each flower got it’s own colour & was sprinkled with a bit of Charred Gold Emboss powder & heat set. This gave the flowers depth & a grungy look.

The final touch was a small tag, altered using the same paint techniques & colours, with my title attached. Adding dots around the tag gave it that extra something. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial & try it out on either a tag, card or art journal page.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Dylusions Paints: Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, Crushed Purple and Vibrant Turquoise
- Dylusions Sprays: White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, Crushed Purple and Vibrant Turquoise
- Dylusions Mixed Media Tags Size #10
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Silvester Kracher Embossing Powder, Charred Gold Embossing Powder and Metal Heart Brads
- Prima Marketing Flowers
- Tombow: Liquid Aqua Glue

Happy crafting!

- Karen


  1. Great tag - love the dimension - the pen work really makes things pop!

  2. Just brilliant! Love this! Great way to use your chippie as a mask! Your doodling really makes the tag!

    1. Thank you so much Sara! It was really fun to make too!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Karen, adore that colour palette and all of those fabulous layers! Deb xo

    1. Thank you Deb. The funny thing is I don't like pink! Dyan's colors are so luscious though that even I like it here.

  4. Love the colours!! All the stencilling is beautiful!

    1. Thank you Cathy! As I said above the funny thing is I am not a pink girl but I love, love the way Dyan's paints look.